Running Scared (1986) Maybe Scared To Ruin Your Teenage Memories?

Running Scared (1986) Gregory Hines billy crystal peter hyams un marked police car

There are some films in your teenage years that resonate a true fondness in your memory. You remember when you first watched it, that feeling of getting to know the characters as their friendship for each other develops. Invested in their close bond together on the screen, you care for these characters as they look out for one another. This comes across in laughter, bravery in the face of danger, keeping an eye on their partners back, a bond so close they could be brothers, a real bromance. The buddy cop movie is always a sure fire winner in that movie genre cannon. Running Scared ticked all those boxes for me as a youth.

Running Scared (1986) Gregory Hines billy crystal guns at the ready

Now don’t get me wrong hehe I know Running Scared was no classic and if I’m being very honest, I’ve been putting off a revisit for many years. Running scared, so to speak, not wanting to ruin my first and only viewing experience when I rented on VHS from our local Ritz Video chain (later to get bought out by Blockbuster Video). Kind of inspired by fellow film blogger Mike’s Take On The Movies recent post on another 80’s buddy cop movie, Stakeout I thought it only fitting to throw caution to the wind and basically man up! It was either gonna have tears of joy or my teenage memories crushed to a pulp! I sucked it up and pushed the play button with my uncontrollable shaking finger!

Tagline – Two of Chicago’s Finest?

Jeez the opening intro scene didn’t do much for my morale, good lawdy that stinking stilton lump of 80’s cheesy sax. Can you believe this is Rod Temperton, the legendary British songwriter who wrote Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Rock With You, George Benson’s Give Me The Night and countless other instant hit pop tunes! Well yep it is and in sure fire eighties soundtrack style the music is ripe but hey it’s fun and ties the film firmly to the era of 1986.

Running Scared (1986) Gregory Hines billy crystal Snake (Joe Pantoliano) cop car

The music fades and here we get to see our two cheeky Chicago cop buddies Ray Hughes (Gregory Hines) and Danny Costanzo (Billy Crystal) as they bust balls as undercover detectives. They are staking out the premises of local bad boy drug dealer crook, Snake (Joe Pantoliano). A hood with a suitcase filled with $50K of cash money. This dude has connections to the real thug they want, up and coming drug dealer Julio Gonzales (Jimmy Smits). Julio Gonzales wants to be the new top drug lord of Chicago and these two annoying cops are ruining his perfect plans.

Running Scared (1986) drug lord dealer jimmy smits bad guy

But we all know everything isn’t going to be that sweet and easy for Ray and Danny. In walks barking Captain Logan (Dan Hedaya) with total disdain and despair at the two wise cracking cop failures and decides these two need a vacation as punishment. He knows they live for the drama, the adrenaline rush of the police work, the slow paced holiday is gonna drive them mad. It will teach them a lesson. It’s does, well, until they buy a bar! Drinking on the job, serving sexy ladies and still policing as such, as bouncers throwing out the riff raff. They realise they are tired of being shot at and it’s only a matter of time before one of them, if not both of them are gonna get killed.

Running Scared (1986) Gregory Hines billy crystal steven Bauer Jon Gries rookie cops

With 30 days notice on their work contract, they just have to stay alive. Plus it would be good to bring down Julio Gonzales as a notch on their retirement. With two assigned rookies to help, hopefully everything is going to be nice and easy? They got 30 days to stay alive!!

A few random observations

  • The Florida Key West vacation montage is hilarious, with all the buddy bonding, roller skating, novelty t-shirts, cheating at fishing and a multitude of bikini clad babes all dancing to the sweet sound of the velvet blue eyed soul brother number one, Michael McDonald’s Sweet Freedom.

Running Scared (1986) boobie t-shirt fun Gregory Hines billy crystal

  • Steven Bauer is pretty unrecognisable with his beard and long hair, he plays one of the rookie cops Detective Frank Sigliano. He is best known I feel for being Tony Montana (Al Pacino) best friend Manny Ribera in the Scarface.
  • Tracy Reed, who plays Ray’s girl Maryann, quick bottom and boob flash always seemed to stay in my head for some reason!
  • I didn’t remember the train line car chase being quite so ridiculous!
  • Larry Hankin plays the magic cop mechanic Ace in a brilliant little scene.
  • Directed by Peter Hyams who made two awesome sci-fi’s on my favs list, Sean Connery in Outland and Elliott Gould in Capricorn One.

So! drum roll, did watching this for the second time put a rift in the universe and destroy my teenage years? Did I go into the fetal position, slowly rocking and weeping? Hopefully you will be pleased to hear…. I was ok! It’s still fun, rather cheesy and I couldn’t remember the soundtrack being quite so bad. To be honest it was probably never a great film to start with but something about the duo, the friendship and the fun stuck with me and it all held firmly together. I go on to live another day. Haha

Running Scared (1986) Gregory Hines flipping the bird middle finger up

Is there any films from your youth that you might be running scared from and not watching in case they smash your dreams? What did you think of Billy and Gregory together and did you like this film? If you want to, let me know. Thanks for having a read. Have fun watching movies…Mikey Wolf

And to sing us out please step forward Mr Michael Mcdonald. It’s like a trailer for the film plus the boys join Michael for a beer and a dance around the piano. Pure gold.


Our Blade Runner – The Final Cut Secret Cinema Experience

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Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is one of my and many’s favourite movies, it perfectly features everything I love within a science fiction film. To say I was excited hearing the news that Secret Cinema was not only going to show the Final Cut but were actually going to recreate the over-populated dystopian futuristic city of Los Angeles in the year 2019. It all sent me into pure ecstatic buzz mode, making me as giddy as a drunken man. I just had to book, by hook or crook and get myself Off-World and immersed into this ultimate movie going experience.

Spoiler Alert – If you are booked to go before the last showing in July then please don’t read any further, just turn up and enjoy the wonders that will behold you.  Trust me, you will be astonished.

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Wolfman’s Rating System Explained – We All Have A System Don’t We?


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Do you do the thumbs up or down system?

With a fair few top marks to grace May’s monthly round up of what’s been beamed directly into Wolfman’s cerebral cortex, I thought it only right to explain my rating system. Continue reading “Wolfman’s Rating System Explained – We All Have A System Don’t We?”

The Invaders – Episode “Mind Melt” Starring Special Guest Wolfman, Small Screen Blogathon

The Invaders Roy Thinnes as Architect David Vincent

I sat anxiously awaiting the phone call from my good friend David Vincent,….. it never came! Pacing the room, back and forth, I kept looking at the phone on the table, willing it to ring. What could have happened to him? Said he would call around noon to organise a rendezvous point. To meet for lunch, where he would inform me of the incoming invasion, an invasion from beings from another planet……. The Invaders!

Intro – Alien beings from another planet, their destination… The Earth! Their purpose? To make it their world!

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Wolfman’s Science Fiction Soundtrack Music Compilation

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Here is a 30 minute delve into the science fiction world of electronic soundscapes created through film scores. Filtered trailers from classic sci-fi movies intertwined with soundtracks from different composers, featuring the works of luminaries from the likes of John Carpenter, Jerry Goldsmith to Vangelis. Traveling through the worlds of Dune to Escape From New York and Blade Runner to name a few. Continue reading “Wolfman’s Science Fiction Soundtrack Music Compilation”

My First Year In Movie Land – Why The Wolfman?


First year of my adventure into film blog land has flown by in a record runtime. It’s been such an enjoyable pastime sharing films I love, to it taking on a whole new dimension when it morphed into a movie discovery odyssey for myself. Continue reading “My First Year In Movie Land – Why The Wolfman?”

The Inspirational Moviedrome Series of Ultimate Cult Films With Alex Cox

Alex Cox director moviedrome reel to reel

Moviedrome started life in 1988 and as a 17 year old lad, hungry to be entertained by interesting and challenging films, Moviedrome was a god send and truly a massive inspiration for my movie obsession. Presenter Alex Cox had written and directed the cult classic Repo Man (1984) and the brilliant Sid and Nancy (1986) the biography of Sid Vicious from The Sex Pistols.  At the time I knew those two movies well but I didn’t know Alex Cox, he reminded me of William Sanderson aka J.F. Sebastian of Blade Runner fame as he appeared at the beginning of each screening of the film he was about to present. Continue reading “The Inspirational Moviedrome Series of Ultimate Cult Films With Alex Cox”

Hennessy (1975) IRA Bomb Plot, Action Star The Queen, Charles Bronson & Mega Force One (1974)

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Here’s a summary of the events leading up to the controversy on the Rod Steiger film Hennessy in 1975 with it’s IRA bomb plot involving British Parliament and The Royal Family.

Taglines – The Most Intensive Manhunt Ever Mounted!

After causing a major upset in the Charles Bronson action packed thriller “Mega Force One” in 1974 when Her Majesty The Queen had bumped his wife Jill Ireland off the project and taken top billing over Bronson. It’s wasn’t a good start for these two stars but differences were put aside for the success of the movie. Continue reading “Hennessy (1975) IRA Bomb Plot, Action Star The Queen, Charles Bronson & Mega Force One (1974)”

An American Werewolf in London (1981) Set Stories, Jenny Agutter & Me

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I believe it was sometime during the winter of 1980 that I received a call from director John Landis. It had been snowing but hadn’t settled, I sat on the sofa contemplating life. To be honest it had got a bit boring since running Bubba Zanetti and his Hellhounds out of town. It was a fierce battle, a fun battle but now the bad guys were quiet for now and I needed a distraction.

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Bubba Zanetti and Toecutter

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